Located 67 km kilometers (41 miles) east of Montecristi, Punta Rucia boasts a brilliant white sand beach and calm turquoise sea, flanked by soaring mountain views. The main jumping-off point to Cayo Arena, thousands of visitors come here daily to reach the caye and snorkel off the large coral reef just offshore. But Punta Rucia itself is a delightfully uncrowded beach to enjoy, lined with a small selection of restaurants/bars. A peaceful, protected mangrove-lined lagoon nearby is also great for bird watching.

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Cayo Arena

Cayo Arena offers schools of tropical fish that can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans; the area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges, and schools of tropical fish swimming around your feet.

Montecristi, Puerto Plata

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